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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

REVIEW TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - The Second Man by Emelle Gamble


Romantic Suspense



Jill Farrell’s college reunion is coming up, but she wants no part of it. The man she once loved, Swedish exchange student Max Kallstrom, is rumored to be attending, but that doesn’t tempt her as Max disappeared from her life the night before the graduation, and has never been heard from since.

When her ex-husband, Andrew Denton, knocks on her door and announces he wants to make nice, and, “oh, by the way, one of their class alumni might be a murderer”, Jill’s resolve to avoid the event hardens.

Jill shuts Andrew’s efforts to reconnect down, and tries to put Max out of her mind.

And that’s that, until a second man knocks on her door, and the emotions of a time long ago overtakes her. Max Kallstrom tells Jill she’s the reason he has come to California. He asks her to please let him explain why she hasn’t heard from him for fifteen long years.

She’s willing to listen to what he has to say, but immediately realizes that her memories must guide her through a wrenching and dangerous few days. While her heart remembers a handsome young lover, she and her classmates are all different people now, and the reality of a murdered friend proves she can’t trust everyone.

What’s not so clear is if she should trust anyone . . . especially Max Kallstrom.

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Was that a noise in the garage?

The sound of muted rustling did not fit the normal night sounds. She took a step closer to the garage exit opposite the front door. Slowly she leaned forward to listen, but all was quiet.

Tell me I didn’t forget to close the garage again. She visualized coming in from errands earlier, but could not remember if she had hit the button before she stepped inside.

She set her laptop and paperwork on the kitchen table, turned on the teakettle, and headed resolutely back to the foyer. I’ll open it a crack, confirm everything is closed properly, and then sit down and get to work.

She turned the knob and pushed the door open, and flipped the light switch. Her car was parked, and the garage was closed. But there was a cardboard box sitting on car’s passenger side trunk.

The top was open and several books were piled next to it.

“What the devil?” She stepped down onto the concrete and headed for the box.

“Hello, Jill,” the killer said.

She yelped and grabbed her throat.

A man rose from the crouch he was in beside the washing machine. He grabbed Jill with one hand, and aimed a gun at her head with his other. “Stand still and be quiet. I won’t hurt you unless you scream.”

Shock and bitter anger nearly brought her to her knees as she registered who he was, and what a massive betrayal he had pulled off. Furious, she slapped at the gun and twisted out of the man’s grasp, and turned to run.

Before she completely filled her lungs with air to scream, his pistol cracked against her skull and knocked her to her knees.

There was black, and then nothing.

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

Well after reading this book i am wowed by it all.

Jill has got divorced from Andrew denton and her mother has just been put in a nursing home due to on set of Alzheimer's. there is a reunion coming up but things take a turn for the worse and people start bing murdered all because if someone's greed.

Max who disappeared 15 years ago and left Jill heartbroken has come back in her life and he is wanting answers to what happens to him all them years ago after his accident.

Questions are being asked if he really did lose his memory or is it a cover up to get close to some of the old school classmates he once knew? 

Will Jill and max pick up where they left off or will it break them after all this time?

I am not going to spoil it for everyone but when the truth comes out you will be thinking how did I miss that.

I am giving this bok 5/5 amazing read and I was gripped from the first word read this a amazing book.

A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Emelle Gamble will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Emelle Gamble became a writer at an early age. At six years old, she was bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection, and this itch to tell tales evolved into bad teen poetry and tortured short works that, thankfully, never saw the light of day, or an editor’s red pen.

She took her first stab at writing a novel in an adult education class in Mobile, Alabama when her kids were in bed for the night. As ‘M.L. Gamble,’ she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin Intrigue. She now publishes novels of Ordinary Women in Extraordinary Situations with SoulMate Publishing and Posh Publishing …works ranging from women’s fiction to thrillers and romantic suspense.

Always intrigued by the words ‘what if’, Gamble’s books feature an ordinary woman confronted with an extraordinary situation. Emelle celebrates the adventurous spirit of readers, and hopes each will enjoy the exciting and surprising journeys her characters take.

Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her hero of thirty years, Philip, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. Like all good villains, the cats claim to have their reasons for misbehaving. Her children are happily launched on their own and are both contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

Emelle welcomes any reader interested in emailing her at and hopes they will visit her website, or her Author Emelle Gamble FaceBook page.

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  1. Thank you for introducing me to this book, it sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading!

    1. I hope you get the chance to, Nikolina. Please let me know what you thought - and if you guessed the murderer!

  2. What can we expect from you in the future?

    1. Big things...ha! Always writing, so there will be more books soon.

  3. congrats on the tour, enjoyed the blurb, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Thank you very much for this amazingly generous and supportive review! And thank you Archaeolibrarian for hosting today. You guys rock!

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    1. It was a lovely review, wasn't it? And she was very careful not to give anything away. Thanks for posting, do let me know if you read the book and what you thought.

  6. What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Well, The Second Man, of course. HA! I read a lot of Tana French. Have you tried one of those?

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    1. Thanks DanielX. Give it a try. And good luck in the contest.

  8. I like the sound of the book.

  9. Great review. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Never really gave thought about why I love your books, just thought that I loved the outcome no matter what the problem may be. So when you said I write about ordinary women with extraordinary nailed it for me. I love your writing and what your books stand for. Been hooked since the first one I read.